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[hahy-pey-shuh, -pat-ee-uh]
  1. a.d. c370–415, Greek philosopher renowned for her beauty.
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Historical Examples

  • She had "Plutarch's Lives" under her arm, and "Hypatia" in her hand.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Hypatia, published in 1853, had a mixed reception; but Westward Ho!

    Victorian Worthies

    George Henry Blore

  • Something might be done for our Superintendent with the ghost of Hypatia!

  • “And you cannot expect it ever to be forgotten,” said Hypatia, with tears in her eyes.

    A Chosen Few

    Frank R. Stockton

  • While Hypatia was lecturing on Homer, the Christians were converting the world.

British Dictionary definitions for hypatia


  1. died 415 ad, Neo-Platonist philosopher and politician, who lectured at Alexandria. She was murdered by a Christian mob
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hypatia in Science


  1. Greek philosopher who was the first notable woman mathematician and astronomer. She invented instruments used to view the stars and wrote commentaries on mathematics and astronomy, though none of them survives.
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